Welcome to Mitchiner's Grove Baptist Church
Thank you for visiting our website. We are honored
that you decided to stop by to learn more about our ministry. It is with open arms and a happy heart that we welcome you to our website today. This is truly the day that the Lord has made, for we are truly blessed by your visit, and we further venture to say that your visit is a divine appointment by God Almighty. Our prayer is that our website will be informative and answers
any questions you may have. It will provide you with at least a
glimpse of what Mitchiner's Grove Baptist Church is about, to
include a portion of our ministry, history, vision, what we
believe, and contact information.
We would be delighted to know you, and we are delighted to share in worship with you visitors, who are family or friend with a current member or newcomers to our community: If you are new to the area and would like to learn more about our worship opportunities, be sure to visit our Calender Tab and the Directions Tab and feel free to worship with us at any time.
Our goal is to be a ministry that gives an deeper insight and
understanding of the divine word of God. Where everybody
is somebody and Jesus Christ is Lord. All Are Welcome.
★The History of Mitchiner's Grove Baptist Church
The history of Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church dates back to
1914. It began in a community school called Green Hall School
and was organized by Rev. Joshua Levister, with Percy Cooke as
the church secretary. The school was located in Sis. Mattie Neal’s flower garden. Church services, including Sunday School, were
conducted every 4th Sunday. The people were eager to study and
learn about God and to hear a good sermon.
The early church deacons were Hen Williamston, Daniel
McKnight and Doug Cooke. Between 1914 and 1917, two others
were added: Isaac Edgerton and Percy Cooke.
In 1917, the Rev. James McKnight became pastor of the church.
The first group of members were baptized in Cedar Creek.
Among those baptized were Otha Perry, Roosevelt Mcknight,
Pearl Blacknall and Emma Gill.
Church services were held at the Green Hall School until
November 27, 1918, which is when land was purchased from
Preacher John Mitchiner in the amount of $100.00. Mitchiner’s
Grove Baptist Church was built in 1920.
The church had many pastors in its history including Jasper Evans,
Burwell, Moses Davis, Joel Kingsberry, Dennis Williams, Harold
Timberlake, V. E. Brown (interim) Ralph Mangrum, Rev. Alton
Smith (served for 15 years), Interim Charlie Green, Lafayette
Maxwell, Interim William Wilson,
and the current pastor, Melvin Jackson.
In June of 1941, under the leadership of Rev. Moses Davis, the
church built a baptism pool, which was located next to the pump
house. Many people were baptized in this pool, including
members from neighboring churches. In that year, the church had a
total of 188 members.
Under the leadership of Joel Kingsberry we had soul stirring
revival. People came from all around to hear him.
The church was always full. Church was so full that they sent the
children out of the sanctuary to have enough room.
During Rev. Timberlake’s tenure as pastor, Mitchiner’s Grove
began having church service on 2nd Sundays, in addition to 4th
Sundays, so that new members could be baptized.
While Rev. Mangrum was pastor, Youth Day was initiated and
held on 2nd Sundays.
Under Rev. Alton Smith’s leadership, a new church was built,
which is the current church. The church was actually built by Rev.
Smith, who was a builder, his sons and other church members.
Later a fellowship hall was added to the church.
The first Junior Choir was organized by Robert Neal. Mitchiner's
Grove was truly blessed to have Rev. Smith. He delivered the
Word of God and God blessed the church to grow.
Under the leadership of Rev. Maxwell, the first indoor baptism
pool was built. James Xavier Pearce was the first to be baptized
in the indoor baptismal pool. Other improvements followed,
including installation of kitchen cabinets and the donation of a
refrigerator and stove. Also, Robert Neal founded the Youth 4
Christ Ministry, which introduced the Word of God, in a creative
and fun manner, to the youth of the church.
Eighty-four (84) years later, in 1998, the Lord blessed Mitchiner’s
Grove with Pastor Melvin Jackson as the new pastor. Pastor
Jackson is married to First Lady Elder Deborah Jackson. They
have one child, Genesis Jackson. Under the leadership of Pastor
Jackson, his anointed vision from God has allowed him to expand
and strengthen ministries. Since Pastor Jackson became pastor,
Mitchiner’s Grove has moved to having church services every
Sunday, including Intercessory Prayer at 9:30 AM, followed by
Sunday School at 10:00 AM. Bible Study is held Wednesday
nights at 7:00 PM. In addition to regularly scheduled services,
there are a host of outside engagements and special services
rendered on a routine basis. New disciples are constantly coming
to the Lord and joining Mitchiner’s Grove. Truly God is blessing
Mitchiner’s Grove for being obedient to His Word.
From 2005 to 2006, visions for new ministries arose. Rhonda
Neal established the Singles’ Ministry. The Family Ministry was
established by Minister James and Elaine Williams. On April 9,
2006, the Greeters Ministry was established by Sis. Clara Neal
and Minister Robert Neal.
On August 11, 2006, God blessed Mitchiner’s Grove
tremendously with 4.96 acres of additional land (New total: 6.59
acres)! With new disciples coming to the Lord and joining
Mitchiner’s Grove, God has continued to bless Mitchiner’s Grove
with the resources needed to minister and reach out to even more
souls that need to hear the word of God. God knows that
Mitchiner’s Grove has a mind to build the kingdom of God!
We are so grateful for all of God’s people who have been of great
service to Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church. Many of our
disciples have served God and worked fervently and diligently in
the church through the good and hard times. Our members knew
and still know that God will make a way, if we just hold on and
press on. Just as the church in the early times strived to bring
people to God, we are still doing it today and fulfilling our
purpose in God’s will.